Presidents, Before & After. [Photos]

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Two photos each of 10 Presidents: Before & After their service.


Lincoln, before and after the Civil War. (photo)

Whitman on Lincoln: “I see the President almost every day … I see very plainly Abraham Lincoln’s dark brown face, with the deep-cut lines, the eyes, always to me with a deep latent sadness in the expression. We have got so that we exchange bows, and very cordial ones. … None of the artists or pictures has caught the deep, though subtle and indirect, expression of this man’s face. There is something else there. One of the great portrait painters of two or three centuries ago is needed.”

How we respond to stress shows up fast—with breath, exercise, community…or with fear, collapse, loss of humor. We have a choice.

Empathy—you know, love—keeps us healthy through stress.

“A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything.” – Irish proverb 

“With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

10 Presidents, 20 Photos: Before & After the Presidency. This is what stress looks like:



Again, Whitman on Lincoln: “he has a face like a Hoosier Michelangelo–so awful ugly it becomes beautiful–with its strange mouth, its deep-cut, crisscross lines, and its doughnut complexion.”


How Presidency Ages Us:

Presidents before and after their term(s)

For more:

5 Ways to Get Old…Fast.

The Aging Barack Obama Art Kit ~ Buy it for your kids! [Rick Mercer Report]


How to Age Gracefully.


Stress is Good for You.

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Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


16 Responses to “Presidents, Before & After. [Photos]”

  1. Daniel says:

    Selling out the nation's citizens at the behest of the oligarchy has its cost.

  2. Linda V. Lewis says:

    Note George Washington's tight mouth before + after–hiding wooden teeth!

  3. bryan says:

    Most of these presidents served 2 terms (8 years) or more with the exception of George Bush Sr. So it’s no wonder they look older. With that said, I agree stress, without good nutrition, exercise, and countered by equal joy, can make you look older than you are.

  4. Bob says:

    power corrupts

  5. Wally says:

    Since when does time not factor into aging?

  6. Jamie Greco says:

    Was that last photo supposed to be a slam on President Obama? I see that you showed a separate one of him. I’d really like to know your intentions as I will stop visiting your site if the photo of The President on vacation was supposed to make a negative statement.

  7. AMJ says:

    Your 3-photo "bonus" banner image representing President Obama is quite offensive. The third image is from the controversial miniseries "The Bible" — and given all the hate floating about today, especially hate in the name of religion, there is nothing "lighthearted" about using this image. All other images are meant to be true representations, adding this was a poor choice.

  8. bill lewis says:

    Using a photo of the actor who plays ” Satan” in a Ridiculous History channel ‘Bible’ mini series (which WAS to be a slight on Obama by the producers) is not cool nor funny. Cos’ most folks wouldn’t be aware of its source.

  9. Margot says:

    I don't get the third picture of Obama. Is it supposed to be a prediction of what he'll look like when he's 70 and in a movie with Will Smith where they are required to save the world from the evil robots who threaten to take over? 'Cause that pick is pretty thug…..and unrealistic…..and leading.

  10. Dian says:

    Reagan looked the same if not better. Hollywood magic is powerful!

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